The next entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is on it's way next summer and while much of the film is already locked and loaded, due to filming wrapping up some time ago, it would seem that there's one thing that Disney hasn't quite figured out yet, the title. While the movie is known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in North America, in the UK it will apparently go by the subtitle, Salazar's Revenge.
If you've seen the teaser trailer to Pirates of the Caribbean 5 you'll know that Salazar is the film's primary villain, played by Javier Bardem. The film will follow Salazar and his ghost pirate crew as they attempt to kill every pirate in the caribbean, but there's a special target on the back of one Captain Jack Sparrow.
There's no specific word on why the change was made though in reporting the news Den of Geek theorizes that it has to do with what trade marks are available. If there was difficulty getting the trademark for Dead Men Tell No Tales in the UK because of similarly titled projects, then Disney would change the name so they could secure a trademark on a different name. The name change isn't only happening in the UK. The name change also covers the film's release in France, Italy, and Spain.
There's one significant positive to the name change in Europe. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a mouth full. It's a really long title that just doesn't flow very well when you're trying to discuss it with people. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge loses the connection to the refrain that you hear repeated throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, but it's a heck of a lot easier to say.
In the end, the name change is probably not particularly important. The key part of the film's title that will either succeed or fail at bringing people into the theaters is the first bit, the Pirates of the Caribbean bit. While the film franchise has brought in billions of dollars for Disney, the last entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, was generally regarded as a miss that was so bad that for a long time it looked like it killed the film series. People seem to be willing to give the new entry a shot. We'll have to wait and see how it goes.
Which title makes you more apt to go check out the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Are you more interested in seeing Salazar's Revenge or would you rather learn why Dead Men Tell No Tales? Let us know in the comments.
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